Get ready for Chalo Dilli
Director Shashant Shah reasons that the odd pairing works because both actors fit the parts. The script was written a year-and-a-half ago, when Shah was busy with Dasvidaniya (2008). The story of Chalo Dilli started out as a story of two men from different worlds. But Shah believed it would work better if one of the men metamorphosed into a la-di-dah woman who’s suddenly thrown into the company of this middle-class Delhi saree seller.
"Manu Gupta (Pathak) who is obnoxiously loud and introduces the ‘propah’ Mihita Banerjee (Dutta) to budget airlines, street food and other fun-filled adventures, is very Vinay," says Shah, who after putting his actor-friend and partner on a diet for Dasvidaniya, told him to gobble chocolates for this one.
When approached, Dutta loved the script and wanted to produce the film. "I knew she was perfect, when during a test shoot she wanted a painting on the wall straightened. That’s the kind of comment my heroine would make," Shah laughs, whose producers gave him plenty of creative leeway.
Chalo Dilli is a ‘journey’ film that showcases India, through the relationship of this mismatched couple and ends with a surprise twist. Says Shah, “The script was earlier titled Ab Dilli Door Nahin, but it was already registered by somebody else. So I suggested, Chalo Dilli.”